The architecture and materials used here are, in and of themselves, valid admission to the World of Quirk. The addresses are 2472-2486 King, 1843 Dwight. The corner is Dwight and King, northwest corner.
At first glance, this is a fairly conventional house. First glances lie. The nine-unit building seems to be sided with aluminum plates, but then you look up under the carbuncular (not my word but it works) bay windows and you see that those plates are in fact recycled highway signs. And you see that the awnings are hatchback windows. And that the gates are made with rear ends of Volvos and recycled street signs. Wo!
It is genius recycled building materials, designed by genius architects Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger. Their work will change your point of view. Berkeley architecture historian Sally Woodbridge has written about the couple and this house. The couple’s website is stunning, and their description of this building is great.
Their house a few blocks away at 2322 McGee is sided with salvaged car roofs and poplar bark. Their studio behind the house – insulated salvaged shipping containers. Quirky shape. Quirky materials. That such cleverness should exist!